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Entertainment Mask (Bolo): Ram

Entertainment Mask (Bolo): Ram

possibly early 1900s

Wood and paint

Overall: 45 x 36 x 36 cm (17 11/16 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Weight: 3.88 kg (8.55 lbs.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2016.56

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The mask was vividly painted while in use. Look closely at its surface to see traces of blue, red, and white paint.

Description

Bole masks (singular bolo) are primarily danced for entertainment during communal occasions like funerals, male initiations, and harvest celebrations. Comprising both animal and human features, the mask––always worn by a male dancer––refers to the cultural significance of the ram. Male performers wear this horned mask along with a fiber costume attached through the holes at its neck. Once brightly painted, the triangular patterns on this mask suggest sebe (magical amulets). A weathered mask like this would not be considered fit for performance, as masks were repainted before use.

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